Although a completely separate island that needs to be reached by way of ferry, Governors Island is technically part of the borough of Manhattan. To reach the destination -- which is open from late May through the end of September and is less than a half mile away from Lower Manhattan -- you can take a free ferry from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street. Originally a military outpost, Governors Island began allowing warm-weather visitors in 2006. The island features 172 acres of history and tranquility through heritage sites, biking, picnicking, art and culture. Two remaining 19th-century forts, Fort Jay and Castle Williams, take visitors back to when the island was used for inner harbor defense. Additionally, because there are no cars or motorized vehicles allowed on the island, visitors enjoy renting bikes and cycling along the island’s 2.2-mile Great Promenade or to Picnic Point for some lunch and a direct view of the Statue of Liberty. There are also many art and culture attractions and events on the island, like outdoor art installations, music concerts and the Governors Island annual Governors Island Art Fair which showcases works from over 100 artists.

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New York Sailboat Cruise with Wine Cheese and Charcuterie, New York City, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

New York Sailboat Cruise with Wine Cheese and Charcuterie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Step aboard New York City’s only floating designated landmark and cruise along New York Harbor while tasting some of America’s best-known wines. ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.99
New York International Sightseeing Cruise, New York City, Sailing Trips
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New York International Sightseeing Cruise

Take in unparalleled views of Manhattan's iconic skyline and landmarks, including the new Freedom Tower, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and more. ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $36.99
Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge Guided Jet Ski Tour of New York, Jersey City, Day Cruises
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Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge Guided Jet Ski Tour of New York

New York City is surrounded by water. The only way to fully appreciate the true size and beauty of Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs is to explore them by ...  Read more

Location: Jersey City, New Jersey
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $159.00
NYC Private Luxury Yacht Rental, New York City, Waterskiing & Jetskiing
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

NYC Private Luxury Yacht Rental

Ever dreamed of having a private yacht? This is your chance to treat yourself to luxury and experience New York City like never before!

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $1,540.00
Governors Island Walking Tour, New York City, Sailing Trips
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Governors Island Walking Tour

Governors Island is only 800 yards from Manhattan and it was off-limits to the public for 200 years. This former military base is now New York’s greatest new ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.00
Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise, New York City, Walking Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 17224 Reviews

On this luxury New York City dinner cruise, savor gourmet cuisine and enjoy live jazz entertainment while soaking up breathtaking views of the Manhattan, New ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $179.42
New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour, New York City, Dinner Cruises
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New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 26677 Reviews

See New York City’s top sights on a full-day sightseeing tour that includes travel by bus and boat. View Times Square, the US Customs building, Federal Hall, ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.99
Complete New York, New York Helicopter Tour, New York City, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Complete New York, New York Helicopter Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5472 Reviews

Take the ultimate helicopter tour over New York! This 20-minute aerial tour covers all five Boroughs. You'll see the Statue of Liberty, Chrysler Building, ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 20 minutes (approx.)

From USD $285.00
New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour, New York City, Helicopter Tours
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New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1332 Reviews

Take to the skies on a helicopter tour to see New York's amazing skyline! On this scenic 18-minute helicopter flight you'll soar through the sky and ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 18 minutes (approx.)

From USD $249.00
New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island, New York City, Helicopter Tours
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New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island

4.5 star rating: Recommended 888 Reviews

See the entire City of New York on a comprehensive 25-minute helicopter tour of the Big Apple! As well as the most popular sights, such as the Statue of ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 25 minutes (approx.)

From USD $325.00

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